The Trump phenomenon may be a temporary triumph for the poor

2016-03-15 07:52

Mr Trump is, for the moment at least, a myth buster for poor people all over the world. He has been this amazing catalyst that may have momentarily dispelled several myths about the rich.

First, he seems to have disconfirmed the myth that you have to be especially smart to be rich. If you were naive enough to have had any doubts about this before, well he may be living proof that being smart while handy is not a prerequisite. Second, he also seems to falsify the myth that you have to be smart to be a leader of a mega corporation.

Third, he may have ended all controversies about affirmative action. It seems that many mainstream executives have always been getting their undeserved share of opportunities and much needed ‘technical’ support to do their jobs. Don’t worry, Mr Trump, I will do the real work, you go on, sip on your tea or coffee, go on now... go to your meeting, go on camera and blabber away.

Fourth, he appears to embolden the idea that it is who you know – and not what you know or how hard you work – that determines your prospects for future wealth and power.

Fifth, he appears to embolden the idea that if you act like you know what you are talking about, people from all walks of life will generally believe you. You see, being a bold, brash egocentric con artist does not necessarily apply to just backward leaders in developing nations.

Sixth, the Trump phenomenon seems to confirm that the average person – i.e. like the typical Trump supporter –who lives in one of the world’s most educated nations is critical thinking illiterate. How much more critical thinking illiterate then, is below average?

Seven, the Trump phenomenon poses the question: Can democracy actually work in a world populated by indoctrinated (or should I say educated), critical thinking illiterate citizens, susceptible to mass media propaganda, and dirty, sleazy showbiz tricks?

Thank you, Mr Trump, for giving us a peek into the inner workings of the boardroom, for showing us the makings of a truly great leader, and for teaching us how democracy actually works. The manifest sagacity put on show recently has been a triumph for the poor, globally.

I do hope this whole dilemma is going to be a huge wakeup call for the rich. I hope the rich realise they have to swiftly restore the myth that their fortune is due to their intellectual powers and not just their inherited connections and fraudulent business models.

Investing in restorative myth-making is important if the privileged caste wish to persuade more of us that they deserve to own not only a tiny half of the world’s wealth, but also a tiny half more.

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